There’s a lot of discussion about our broken education system. And many people offer solutions for “fixing” education. But what if what’s really ailing education isn’t the fact that it’s somehow fundamentally broken? What if the system we have today is actually functioning perfectly as designed? And what if that system is no longer relevant?
It’s something I think a lot about. So much time, resource and attention is applied to “fixing education.” But what if nothing is broken?
Indeed, we live in a world that no longer needs the education systems we’ve perfected – a factory model of education where every child memorizes the same information and which became the engine for the recently ended Industrial Era. As Sugata Mitra, an innovating researcher from India, points out, our current system isn’t broken – it’s perfectly engineered and working well – it’s just irrelevant.